Missing elderly woman found safe

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:53 am on Thursday, November 08, 2012

ORLEANS TOWNSHIP — An 85-year-old woman was found safe after leaving an assisted living center in Orleans Township on Wednesday.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to do a ground search for the missing woman with a K-9 team at 10:37 a.m.

The resident, who was dependent on a walker, was missing for several hours.

The deputies requested assistance from Belding and Orleans Fire Department, along with an AeroMed helicopter to search from the air.

According to a press release from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, the woman had walked off the road and into the edge of a wooded area where she fell into a small ravine, which made it hard to be spotted by ground searchers.

The helicopter did spot her and the ground unit was able to respond to her. She was then taken to the hospital by Life Emergency Medical Services for non-life-threatening injuries.

Ionia County Victims Advocates, Sheriff’s Posse, Central Dispatch and several private citizens responded to the scene.

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